From the CruiseControl mailing list a few minutes ago:
Just passing on the info... this is one of those projects I also wanted/intended to do. I'm glad someone beat me to it!
It includes CruiseControl, Trac, Subversion all on a single live cd or vm ware image. Very nice!
After installing Ubuntu on VMWare server last weekend, I was getting ready to create something similar to this. I'm glad I saw this as it seems to be a much more complete package than the one I was going to create. I'd prefer Ubuntu over Debian/KNOPPIX, but since Ubuntu is based on Debian, it probably doesn't matter.
A couple additions I'd like to see are Maven 1, 2 and Continuum pre-installed. I doubt that'll happen though since CruiseControl is a Thoughtworks-sponsored project. Regardless, if I had a Buildix with those options, I'd likely use (and recommend) it for every future project. A lot of clients already have bug tracking and source control installed, so the build server is the main thing that interests me.
Here's an interesting e-mail I received last night:
I see AppFuse's strong points is in integrating a lot of oss in a
synergistic manner, which is really great and helpful. Just wondering
whether there is any chance of integrating AppFuse with groovy and
I also just found out about grails 0.1 and it looks really promising,
for a 0.1 release.
I just feel that it has some synergy there, a java ruby on rails
combines with the best oss integration available.
I think Grails and AppFuse are more likely competitors rather than
compatible. Grails uses Spring, Spring MVC and Hibernate
under-the-covers, whereas AppFuse uses the raw frameworks. Of course,
it would be cool to allow different classes w/in AppFuse to be written
in Groovy or JRuby. At this point, I think it's probably better for
users to choose one or the other.
Grails definitely looks cool, and a lot like Rails. However, I think using Groovy is a pretty big step for the majority of Java Developers out there. If you're reading this post, you're probably not in the majority.